Who We Are
The National Broadcasting Corporation is the country’s premier national broadcaster for over 40 years. NBC is the first and the biggest state owned media organization in the country. We provide essential service by delivering programs that enrich, inform, entertain, reflect national identity and give voice to the people, since 1973. We cover the entire country through our provincial stations. To this day NBC is well known as the “Voice of PNG”.
Our “Values” guide the daily behaivour and attitude of all our staff, while our “Principles” are the foundations of our work practices of “Honesty, Fairness, Independence, Respect for the Rights of Others, and Avoiding Conflict of Interest”
Our “Editorial Policies” ensure that all News and program material is of the highest integrity, and can be trusted by the people of PNG, while our “Content Standards” relate to societal elements and therefore can be subject to changing circumstances.
NBC was born out of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation or the ABC. Before Independence ABC was providing the broadcast to Papua New Guineans via radio service. In 1973 when PNG gained self-government, the ABC transferred the Radio service to PNG and it was called NBC.
Since then NBC has evolved itself to become one of the best and most listened to stations. It has set up provincial radio stations right around the country.
NBC started as a radio station and over the years it has adapted television (Kundu 2). It later changed to NBC TV. NBC is also operating online
News & Information Division
New and Information Division is responsible for news and Current Affairs. It broadcasts news and information to the people on all three platforms: Radio, Television and Online. News Division is the core division of NBC, as it is responsible for providing latest news and information to the mass on the hour every hour on 90.7fm and on 585am band. NBC Television news is telecasts 6pm nightly and replay at 10pm. Apart from news, its flagship programs are Radio Current Issues programs and Television Current Affairs. Its news and programs operations are guided by an Editorial Guidelines which is based on facts that are independently gathered, fair, accurate and impartial. News Division is mainly made up of qualified Journalists, Camera Men/ Video Editors and Translators. The Head of the Division is known as Executive Director News or ED News who over sees the operations of the news division and also acts as a Chief News Editor. The ED News reports to the Managing Director.
National Radio Program Division
Broadcasts relevant content for national audiences on 90.7fm and on 585am band. Program division is another core division of the NBC as the national broadcaster. Its core function is to broadcasts programs such as schools’ broadcasts programs, Community/Health awareness, Conducts Government Talkback Shows, Health and Educational information. It also engages in in-depth discussions on Economy, Politics Social sector with Civil society, NGO’s, Elected Leaders, and Youths discussing various issues affecting the country and the region. Program Division comprise of senior Broadcasters and presenters who are well vast with national and regional issues and broadcasts on daily basis from 5am (station opens) to 12am (station close). The Head of the Division is known as Executive Director National Radio who over sees the operations of the national radio division. The ED reports to the Managing Director.
The Tribe FM was born out of the main National Radio recently and its commonly known as a youth station. It operates on 92.3fm and its target audience are the youths. Core function is to engage with youths by airing their views and concerns and providing news and information as well as entertainments that best suits the taste and needs of youths in our society. Presenters of this station are mostly young people. Tribe-FM is managed by an Executive Producer daily who reports to the Executive Director National Radio who then reports to the Managing Director.
Provincial Radio Stations
NBC has established provincial stations in almost all the provinces, making it the biggest national broadcaster in PNG as well as in the Pacific region. NBC’s Provincial stations broadcast relevant content for provincial audience on their respective FM and AM frequencies. The provincial stations do relay news and other important programs such as Parliament Sessions from the main National Radio 90.7fm on to their provincial stations. Most often their local stations do broadcast programs and local news to suit their audience daily. Each stations have their own station managers known as Director Provincial Radio, and they report to Executive Director Provincial at the Headquarter.
NBC Television was introduced in 2008, by the then Prime Minister and Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare as a gift to the people of PNG. It is another core Chanel complementing NBC Radio Broadcast. It telecasts relevant content for television audience. Its core functions include telecasting TV programs, National News, Live Broadcasts such as Parliament Session and others. NBC-TV has other units within its operations and they are, NBCTV Programs NBCTV- News, and Technical unit which all work in collaboration with radio team to deliver the desired output daily. The Head of the Division is known as Executive Director National Television or ED NTS who over sees the operations of the Television division daily and reports to the Managing Director.
Engineering And Information Technology
Operates and maintains all technical infrastructure, information technology and broadcast facilities. This is the Division that ensures all content produced by both NBC Radio and NBC-TV are transmitted smoothly to their targeted audience. Engineering is another core division of the NBC, without which the content won’t get delivered.
1. Repair and maintenance of existing broadcast equipment.
2. Installations of new broadcast equipment
3. Project planning and management
4. Tower construction and Rigging
5. Design and configuration of live broadcast setups for events of national significance.
The broadcast equipment referred to comprise of the following
1. Radio Studio equipment at HQ and provincial stations around the country
2. TV transmission equipment nationwide
3. Tribe FM, NR and PR transmission equipment nationwide as well
4. Satellite reception or Downlink equipment.
5. Associated facilities/equipment like air conditioning units, standby generators, solar power systems, PA systems etc.
Its staff is made up of mostly engineers and technical officers/technicians – all graduates of PNG University of Technology and Don Bosco Technological Institute.
The divisional staff ceiling is at about 52 with HQ having the highest. The Head of the Division is known as Executive Director Engineering & IT or ED EIT who over sees the operations of the Engineering division daily and reports to the Managing Director.
Manages NBC finances. It is a support division which deals with the staff salaries, financing, auditing etc. This division also caters for the provincial stations staff. Although it’s a support division it also plays an important role in ensuring NBC operates within its budget and that staff gets paid on time to keep the operation afloat.
Human Resource And Administration
HR Division is a support division which basically deals with officers’ welfare, recruit and train officers on need basis. This division also takes care of all the NBC officers around the provinces.
Core functions of HRA Division
1. Provides supports services in the area of Human Resource, Property and General Administration Management to the operation of NBC
2. Human Resource provide support services to ensure staff are in place, motivated and supported to meet performance standards. The Head of the Division is known as Executive Director HR who over sees the operations of the division daily and reports to the Managing Director.
Commercial/Business Development Office
Commercial division is responsible for driving NBCs Sales, Marketing, Business Development and general business initiatives, working in close consultation with key internal and external stakeholders. It is tasked with the core functions of planning, executing, monitoring & delivering the organization’s key business, market presence, market share and profit objectives through establishing vibrant mutual partnerships covering all sectors of the country.
The Office of the NBC Managing Director Provides operational leadership. It works closely with all its Executive Directors to ensure all Division functions smoothly and accordingly. The office of the Managing Director is assisted by its Deputy Managing Director who provides support to ensure the NBC Management is in tack and are working effectively.
The NBC Board sets out policy guidelines and strategic direction for NBC management to operate as the national broadcaster. The board is made up of about 5 board members and a board Chairman.